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Finding a Good Vet for a Healthy Bulldog


Every pet owner needs to find a good vet to make sure their pet stays as healthy as possible. For an English Bulldog owner, there is an added layer of complexity. Because  Bulldogs commonly have health issues, many vets have the policy to perform surgeries on things like pinched nostrils. Bulldogs also have more problems with anesthesia. In the case that they do need surgery, too much anesthesia can be dangerous. We have spent years breeding Bulldogs who are healthy. That...

Heat Tolerance and Your Bulldog


We all want the best life for our dogs. If you own an English Bulldog, that means being aware of your dog’s breathability and the risk of heatstroke. Starting at 3-4 years old, if an English Bulldog isn’t able to breathe properly, it can hyperventilate, and have heat stroke. That causes heatstroke to be the leading cause of early death for the breed. Why can’t Bulldogs tolerate heat? A dog’s ability to tolerate heat is tied to its ability to...

What are Pinched Nostrils?


The pinched nostril problem   Most English Bulldogs have Stenotic nares, or pinched nostrils. Pinched nostrils mean that their nostril opening is very small or pinched together. This small amount of space can easily lead to difficulty breathing. Unfortunately, this has become a side effect of the approach of traditional bulldog breeders.     Why it is an issue?   Restricted airflow can spell disaster for bulldogs. Years of breeding have created multiple different health problems for bulldogs. Such as...

Why Sloppy Biosecurity Practices Can Put Your New Puppy At Risk


There are always moments in life that you will never forget.  Points in time, that are so important that you remember every detail.  One of those moments is when you bring your English Bulldog puppy home for the very first time.  There truly is nothing like the excitement that fills a home with a brand new puppy.  Imagine the devastation for many families when their new puppy becomes sick only days after coming home. It replaces puppy kisses and playtime...

Upper Respiratory Infection


Is there anything better than sweet bulldog puppy kisses?  How many pleasures top snuggling with a 10-week old bulldog on a sleepy Sunday afternoon?  In the world of Bruiser Bulldogs, there is nothing better!  Many a bulldog pup has pitter-pattered its tiny feet across our hardwood kitchen floor and yet the sound never tires; it’s always new, always welcomed.  The kisses, the snuggles; they are always precious, never a drop of monotony.            We hold our...

Why The AKC Must Change to Save the Bulldog Breed


Ever feel like the rules are stacked against you?  Like you literally cannot win no matter how hard you try?  Recently, I took a trip to beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada – the land of fun and fantasy.  The buildings, food, and even the shows are dripping with luxurious entertainment.  It’s easy to forget that Las Vegas is simply a business model with rules designed to take money out of your wallet.  We are drawn to the allure of winning big,...

Bruiser Bulldog Health and What That Means For You


There is nothing like tooting your own horn right?  Some days it seems like our Bulldog health “message” feels exactly like that; self-complementary and aggressive.  We repost testimonials that tout the extraordinary health and experiences past adopters have had. The content on our YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook has frequent reminders about our differences in our approach to breeding. Part of this reasoning is the disgust that simmers in our hearts as we have watched how the bulldog has been bred...

Working towards creating a bloodline that excels in health


Recently we agreed to partner with a trusted breeder within our network to use their stud, Hollywood (pictured above) in a series of 4 breedings. Hollywood is everything that I believe in and want in our bloodline. From a phenotype standpoint, he breathes better than any bulldog I have been around. That means he has a huge trach and no palate issues. His snout is extended slightly by about 1/2 inch which gives more room for his palate and reduces...

What Is A Vertical Pedigree And How Does It Create Healthy Bulldogs?


As you all know, we take the health of our bulldogs very seriously.  There is nothing more beautiful than the sight of a well-bred bulldog that is healthy and functional.  This ideal is the motor that drives us and is at the heart of who we are at Bruiser Bulldogs. Obviously, the ideal bulldog is very important to us. However, it’s important to explain how we reach these goals, and a vertical pedigree is a big part of that. As...

Why The Overdone, Heavy Wrinkled Bulldog Is Killing The Breed.


The foundation that drives our breeding program is health. If you research the bulldog breed you’ll hear that the bulldog is difficult to care for because of “health issues”; but what are these “health issues?”. Our first step in creating a healthy bulldog is defining and addressing the major “health issues” the bulldog suffers from. One of the most glaring issues that the bulldog breed suffers from is breathing issues. As we know, many bulldogs famously suffer from breathing issues...

Entropion


Entropion (inward rolling of the eyelid edges) is a common eye problem that most commonly affects the lower eyelids.     What is Entropion? Any breed of dog can have entropion, but the problem often centers around a few, very specific breeds. It is very common to see it in breeds with wrinkled or exaggerated facial folds… hmm sounds a lot like the bulldog. We all know that it is irritating to have something in your eye. It causes you...

Interdigital cysts


Interdigital cysts:  (growth between the toes) Soft to firm fluid-filled swellings that form in the web of skin between the toes. Occasionally, these cysts will rupture or discharge their fluid.     Many of you bully lovers have noticed small, wart-like cysts that pop up between one of your bulldog’s toes. It is first important to remember that these cysts, while troublesome, are not a critical threat to your bulldog’s life. This being said, cysts should be treated and avoided...